Wow, I have so many things to talk about as I sit patiently waiting in the Las Vegas airport waiting for my flight back to Philadelphia on Spirit airlines. I have been awake for more than 50 hours now, as I stayed up all night during EDC, dancing and raving until the desert sunrise.
Back to the present moment… I just finished reading this article regarding the Charleston shooting. I have a weird tendency to go back and forth between avoiding reading or paying attention to any news regarding negative events that do not involve me directly. Of course it is good to pay attention and closely filter what I’m consuming. But I can’t ignore an event like this. With a new presidential election looming, I have doubts and fears, but also hope and optimism for the future of this country.
I used to hate and diss America (and I still poke fun at times). But at the same time, I am very thankful for all of the experiences I have had throughout my life and even the diversity of humans that I have encountered along the way.
I went to EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) last night. While there were bound to have been those few self centered, self-entitled or ungrateful kids in attendance, the overall vibe was Peace Love Unity Respect!
I know that this tradition (PLUR) is many years old and existed long before I entered the scene. But in the midst of the loud womps and strobe lights, I met a beautiful soul named Shimmer. She had blue hair and tons of candy on her wrists, along with a beautiful handmade perler Om symbol. Which looked kind of like this image below, but better and bluer.
Anyway, she asked me if I had ever been to a rave before. I wasn’t really sure… But anyway she explained the tradition of PLUR and showed my the hand symbols for Peace Love Unity Respect before placing this piece of EDC themed kandi onto my wrist.
So even though I am a newcomer, I think PLUR is a very good message to continue to spread throughout the EDM community and scene. And as many people mentioned at the EDM Biz conference, electronic dance music is not going to stop anytime soon, and it can only grow bigger from here. And, relating this back to the Charleston shooting… the kind community of (mostly millenials) and ravers that I met last night gave me hope for the future.
ALSO I am contemplating my experience of partying all night long without a single sip of alcohol or taste of drugs (except for the 2 sugary energy drinks intentionally consumed before and during the event). Growing up, alcohol was never questioned or contemplated It was just something the adults used to have fun. At EDC, some of the music was so powerful that it almost felt like drugs! I mean, I could really feel the vibrations flowing through my body, and I also danced to raise my vibration even higher.
I also noticed this weird phenomenon that kept happening when I would raise my hands high to the sky. Sometimes I would put both in the sky, or sometimes I would put one hand on my heart and one in the sky. I could feel the oscillating waves coming into/ or out of my hands (maybe it was a combination of both). But I felt the same sensations I felt during my last Reiki treatment at the Reiki school (the oscillating waves). So many great insights came to me throughout the night, and I saw the infinite possibilities (once again) that lie in front of me. Now it’s just a matter of choosing what to focus my energies on the most in order for them to grow.
I wonder if any of you Reiki ravers have experienced a similar sensation to what I am describing?